Nina McCulley and Cody Palumbo Selected for Training Grant in Chemical Biology

McCulley and Palumbo Selected for Training Grant in Chemical Biology

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Chemistry graduate students Christina "Nina" McCulley (Tantillo Lab) and Cody Palumbo (Beal Lab) were recently selected as two of this year’s funded trainees for the new Chemical Biology Program (CBP) at UC Davis.

The goal of the CBP is to provide cross training at the interface of chemistry and biology for pre-doctoral candidates. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for careers in the biomedical workforce where they can effectively communicate and direct research programs that integrate approaches across these two disciplines.

The program is supported by the Department’s first NIH T32 Training Grant and is under the direction of Professor Peter Beal. The CBP faculty is currently comprised of 29 trainers with primary appointments in six different departments in five different colleges.

Christina and Cody are both in their second year of the Ph.D. program. Christina's research project is titled, "Response of Molecular Switches to Biologically Active Antioxidants,” and Cody is working on "RNA Tethering to Enhance Binding to Adenosine Deaminase Acting on RNA (ADAR2).”

To learn more about the CBP, visit